Philippine Showbiz Today Vol 13 No 10 - Page 15

May 22 - June 7, 2018 Philippine Showbiz Today 15 La Aunor to star in Onanay Superstar Nora Aunor is both happy and proud that she has a new project under GMA. With a working title Onanay, it will replace Kambal, Karibal once the supernatural drama wraps up after given another extension due to its consistently high ratings.  “I’m simply grateful to the Kapuso for giving me another good project. My last with them was Little Nanay in 2015. GMA has been supportive of me all these times. They would always give me good material. This is the reason why they’re my priority in accepting TV offers,” she admits. The actress has already started taping for the soap which is under the helm of her fellow award-winning thespian Gina Alajar and stars Cherie Gil, Gardo Versoza, Wendell Ramos, Adrian Alandy and Mikee Quintos. “It’s a nice experience working with Gina. We did numerous films in the past. She’s kind as well as the rest of the cast,” she says and adds, “We’re like one big, happy family on the set. We help one another in mounting the scenes. I’m glad that in my comeback soap, I’m with this cast.” Asked about the clamor for her to become a National Artist considering her impressive contributions to the entertainment industry, the legendary screen icon humbly says that there are other people who deserve it more than she does. “To be honest, it never occurred to me that I’ll become a National Artist. For me, if it’s really for you, then it will just come. There’s no guarantee that it will be given to you finally. I think, there are still those who are ahead of me in the ‘biz whose contributions cannot be underestimated and therefore deserves it more than I do.” Meanwhile, depression and burn-out among celebrities are a hot issue in showbiz these days. Given her long tenure in the field, did she also experience it?  “Yes, there were phases in my career that I also felt such. First was when I lost my father whom I love so dearly. I really got depressed then. But what’s important is you learn to fight, go with the flow and continue living life to the fullest,” Ate Guy ends. ● - J.P. R. Gonzale, It pays to advertise… Call 604-588-6397 or email for all of your advertising needs!